Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Tamiya P-47D 1/48

from Wikepedia

Republic Aviation's P-47 Thunderbolt, also known as the "Jug", was the largest, heaviest, and most expensive fighter aircraft in history to be powered by a single reciprocating engine.[2] It was heavily armed with eight .50-caliber machine guns, four per wing. When fully loaded, the P-47 weighed up to eight tons. The P-47, based on the powerful Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp engine, was very effective in high-altitude air-to-air combat and proved especially adept at ground attack.
The P-47 was one of the main United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) fighters of World War II, and served with other Allied air forces such as France, the UK and the USSR. Mexican and Brazilian squadrons fighting alongside the U.S. were equipped with the P-47.

Tamiyas kits are the best there is - the model is precision fitting allowing all the sub-assembly's to be fully painted prior to complete assembly.

The undercarriage detailed with wire and aftermarket "weighted" wheels

Drop tanks and armaments

The prop and engine

Painting starts with this fantastic scheme "The Blonde Angel"
Alclad paints provide highly realistic bare metal effects
many many parts!
the decals make this project!
The invasion stripes were masked and painted with the air brush
The finished project - the plane is weathered like a highly used fighter in WWII

Broncos 1/35 YW-750


China had for many years produced copies of Soviet equipment for domestic production. In the 1960`s the Chinese Norinco company produced a series of box shaped tracked APC`s very typical of the designs being fielded at that time and more akin to the American M-113 series. The first production of these vehicles were classified as the type YW-531 series.

The vehicle has welded steel plate construction it had a crew of 3 consisting of driver, gunner and commander. The 320 hp diesel power plant gave a performance of 65km/hr on road and 46 km/hr off road top speeds.

A variant of this series of APC's was a command and control version designated YW-701 with an enlarged and raised rear hull. The same hull is used for the armoured ambulance version the Yw-750.

For an armoured ambulance the Geneva Convention allows for self defence of the wounded. So the Yw-750 is fitted with a 12.7mm Type 54 heavy mg mounted on the commander’s cupola.

The Chinese heavily exported the YW-531 series, one of the major customers was Iraq who purchased the armoured ambulances, C&C vehicles and the APC`s. These vehicles were a common site in the first gulf war with many abandoned and destroyed by the coalition forces in 1991.

This Model features in the January 2012 edition of Military Modelcraft International-